Nurse-Led Telephone Follow-Up to Improve Parent Promotion of Healthy Behaviors in Young Children With Motivational Interviewing Techniques.

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INTRODUCTION:The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends primary care-based health promotion for obesity prevention at all visits, focusing on nutrition and activity. METHODS:In this quality improvement project, a primary care innovation was developed to support parents in promoting healthy habits in their children ages 2 to 5 years old. Nurse-led telephone support using motivational interviewing was implemented during two follow-up phone calls aimed at helping parent-child dyads reach self-created activity or nutrition goals. RESULTS:Parent-rated confidence and motivation related to meeting these goals showed significant increases. During the second call, 80% self-reported goal completion and high satisfaction with the visits. Registered nurses reported a significant increase in their self-efficacy of communication with parents. DISCUSSION:This project showed the feasibility of using nurse telephone visits in an urban low-income primary care setting to improve parental recognition and understanding of healthy habits that align with American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for obesity prevention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schlottmann, H; Broome, M; Herbst, R; Burkhardt, MC; Mescher, A

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 545 - 554

PubMed ID

  • 30926151

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-656X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-5245

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.02.003


  • eng